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Social security proposals will create loopholes & leave the system open to abuse & fraud

Proposals that would allow cross-border workers in the EU to choose where they claim social security benefits have been opposed by ECR MEPs today.

11 December 2018

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2014 NEWS

2014
Kamall condolences on the death of Philip Bradbourn OBE MEP

European Conservatives and Reformists group chairman Syed Kamall MEP said of the death of ECR MEP Philip Bradbourn:

20 December 2014

Court opinion on EU’s ECHR accession confirms incompatibility with EU law

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) opinion on proposals to accede the EU to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed that the proposals are not compatible with EU law.

18 December 2014

Compromise reached on EU budget for 2015, but fails to address Europe’s growing payments crisis

The agreement between MEPs and EU governments on the EU budget for 2015 is much closer to the outcome of the first round of negotiations and the EU budget could have been agreed three months ago. It reflects a compromise between the parliament and the council, but does very little to address the growing gap between the EU’s commitments and payments on hand to service them, Bernd Kölmel, budgets spokesman of the eurorealist European Conservatives and Reformists, has warned.

18 December 2014

Kamall: The money is there and this EU summit needs to focus on unblocking it

Tomorrow’s EU summit is right to ask how it can break down barriers to private investment in Europe, but leaders cannot talk about competition in Brussels yet fail to reform their own economies at home, Syed Kamall MEP said today in a debate with the Commission President.

17 December 2014

Ford on Commission’s work in 2015: The economy must come first

The European Commission has today presented its Work Programme for 2015, the first of the new European Commission’s term of office. It prioritises 23 initiatives aimed at ‘big’ issues such as investment, the digital single market, energy security, migration and monetary union. However, the programme also proposes the withdrawal or amendment of 80 proposals.

16 December 2014

ECR group condemns the arrest of investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

The European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament today condemned the arrest of Radio Free Europe/Free Liberty investigative journalist in Azerbaijan Khadija Ismayilova.

12 December 2014

Roberts Zile welcomes the Latvian Presidency

The incoming Latvian Presidency of the Council has identified the right priorities for its six months at the helm, Latvian MEP Roberts Zile said today as he represented the ECR at a meeting between the European Parliament and the Latvian government.

5 December 2014

ECR secure key pledges on making Europe “open for business”

The EU’s new Trade Commissioner has pledged to explore new opportunities for free-trade deals as they arise – both across the Atlantic and elsewhere.

4 December 2014

1st – 5th December 2014 – Brussels

EU budget talks brought a proposal.

2 December 2014

Vicky Ford: Don’t try to pre-empt competition inquiry

Politicians should step back from official inquiries into competition matters and not attempt to pre-empt them, a senior ECR MEP cautioned today.

28 November 2014

ECR adopts a motion on Luxleaks

At its group meeting on the 25th November, the ECR Group adopted a resolution on the ongoing ‘LuxLeaks’ saga and the state aid investigation that the European Commission is conducting into Luxembourg’s tax arrangements.

27 November 2014

Kamall: More detail needed to ensure EU investment package unlocks private funds

President Juncker’s €315bn EU Investment Package needs to unlock private investment, but it cannot be a substitute for economic reforms that will encourage more private investment into Europe’s economy, Syed Kamall, President of the Eurorealist European Conservatives and Reformists Group said this morning.

26 November 2014

Legutko: Juncker needs to clear up tax questions, otherwise this ‘shadow’ will follow him around

Speaking in the European Parliament debate on a motion of censure against European Commission President Juncker, eurorealist European Conservatives and Reformists Group vice-president Ryszard Legutko called on the Commission President to resolve the questions surrounding the ‘Juncker problem’ swiftly.

24 November 2014

24th – 27th November 2014 – Strasbourg

His Holiness Pope Francis will pay an official visit to the Parliament and address MEPs.

24 November 2014

EU 2015 budget: new proposal must be sustainable

The European Parliament and EU governments have failed to reach an agreement on the EU’s 2015 budget within the 21 day window, requiring the European Commission to bring forward a new proposal.

19 November 2014

Swinburne: Commission needs to deliver facts into Luxleaks swiftly and independently

Speaking during today’s debate with European Commission President Juncker on recent allegations regarding Luxembourg’s tax arrangements, European Conservatives and Reformists Group economics spokesman Kay Swinburne, said that further work is needed to clamp down on companies that aggressively seek to avoid paying their fair share of tax.

13 November 2014

EU audit: 20th anniversary must act as a wakeup call for the commission

This morning the European Court of Auditors delivered its verdict on the EU’s accounts for 2013, once again refusing to give them an unqualified statement of assurance. European Conservatives and Reformists Group Budgetary Control Coordinator Ryszard Czarnecki says this matter continues to erode public trust in the EU, and has called on the new European Commission to get a grip.

5 November 2014

Kamall: a more political commission should stop making political disasters

If the European Commission is to become more political as the new President wants, it should also see that landing large bills on several EU countries was a political mistake, even if it is a technical reality, Syed Kamall MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists leader said today in a meeting with President of the European Commission Juncker, and outgoing President of the European Council Van Rompuy.

4 November 2014

Parliament takes an irresponsible approach to 2015 EU budget

The European Parliament’s vote on the 2015 EU budget puts it on collision course with EU governments again, after MEPs demanded an extra €6 billion above EU governments’ position, Bernd Kolmel MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group Budgets spokesman, warned today.

27 October 2014

ECR Working Group on Religious Freedom launched its work

On Wednesday, 22nd October, ECR Working Group on Religious Freedom held its first meeting. The Group is co-chaired by Peter van Dalen and Tomasz Poręba.

24 October 2014

Kamall: ECR weighs up positives and pitfalls in new European Commission

Explaining why the European Conservatives and Reformists Group abstained in today’s vote on the new European Commission, ECR Chairman Syed Kamall said that the structure of the new commission was positive and he liked many of the priorities that it has been set, but that there are some new Commissioners that have been below par.

22 October 2014

20th – 23rd October 2014 – Strasbourg

The parliament will hold two hearings with Commissioners.

20 October 2014

17th – 21st November 2014 – Brussels

In his role as both President of the ECB and head of the European Systemic Risk Board Mario Draghi will appear before the economics committee.

17 October 2014

Asia Bibi death sentence upheld: MEPs call for statement by Baroness Ashton

Following news that the Pakistani High Court in Lahore has upheld the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian charged with blasphemy, ECR Human Rights spokesman Mark Demesmaeker and Dutch MEPs Peter Van Dalen and Bas Belder have demanded an urgent statement by the EU’s High Representative next week.

17 October 2014

Kamall hails “huge opportunity” as Singapore trade deal finalised

Syed Kamall, ECR Leader, today said the conclusion of the European Union’s free-trade agreement with Singapore would mean a host of potential business openings for European enterprises.

17 October 2014

Fresh Impulse to relations with India

Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, Vice Chairman of the ECR group, was today (16 October) elected Chairman of the key European Parliament Delegation for Relations with India. This comes as the strategic and trade relationship between India and European countries assumes increasing importance on both sides.

16 October 2014

New European Parliament Iraq Delegation President promises strong support for Iraqi people

The new President of the European Parliament’s Iraq delegation has said that he intends to play a constructive role to assist Iraq wherever possible to see off ISIL, support humanitarian aid, and promote strong inclusive government.

16 October 2014

MEP Deva new chair of EP-Korea delegation: ‘Anything is possible’

During its first meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels this morning, Nirj Deva (Conservative MEP for the South East of the UK) was officially confirmed as the new Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula.

16 October 2014

29th September – 3rd October 2014 – Brussels

Hearings of European Commissioners-designate

30 September 2014

Offensive of the Law and Justice (PiS) party in the European Parliament.

The European Commission pledges to increase its support for the farmers due to the Russian ban. On Monday a debate was held in the European Parliament concerning Russia’s embargo on agricultural imports from the EU. At the debate, MEPs from the Law and Justice party persuaded the European Commission to support Polish farmers, struggling with the effects of the embargo.

16 September 2014

15th – 19th September 2014 – Strasbourg

The parliament will vote on the Association Agreement with Ukraine, aimed at improving ties between the EU and its eastern neighbour.

16 September 2014

The EU and NATO must take pro-active steps to send Putin a message

Speaking ahead of today’s European Parliament vote, which is expected to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Dr Charles Tannock MEP, European Conservatives and Reformists Group Foreign Affairs spokesman, said his recent visit to Kiev has affirmed the need for the EU and NATO to take further pro-active steps in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

16 September 2014

Kamall: ECR will assess new EU Commissioners on their competency and ideas for reform

Speaking after the President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the portfolios of the next European Commission, Syed Kamall, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

10 September 2014

Tannock: Iraq Kurds require military as well as humanitarian help

The horrific effects of Islamist violence in Kurdish Iraq merits every possible humanitarian aid, but also military help from friendly neighbours to the Kurdistan Regional Government, a senior MEP urged today.

14 August 2014

22nd-25th July 2014 – Brussels

Italy took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of Ministers on July 1st.

22 July 2014

Statement of the Polish Law and Justice Delegation following the tragedy of flight MH17

Polish Law and Justice Delegation following react to the tragedy of flight MH17. The plane has been shot down at a height of 10.000 meters, and that fact proves usage of an advanced weapon.

18 July 2014

ECR statement on MH17 crash

Following to the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpar the ECR responded.

18 July 2014

Kamall to the new president of the European Commission

Kamall to Juncker: "Do you want your commission to be the last of an old era, or the first of a new era?"

15 July 2014

Kamall to Juncker: do you want your commission to be the last of an old era?

Syed Kamall MEP responds to Juncker's agenda.

15 July 2014

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